'I'd bought into a media image of rich husband, house in the country, stay-at-home yummy mummy,' she says. Billy is away a lot for work and I'm bored and lonely at home with the kids.
I have mum friends but I missed the buzz of male company I used to have and I missed the irresponsibility of my old life – going out on a Saturday and not knowing who I might meet, where the evening might take me.' To compensate for this, Wendy decided to take two annual week-long holidays alone.
I ended up stuffing all my new buys inside the legs of a manky old tracksuit.
Female infidelity, however, has a far lower profile and, in popular culture at least, tends to have terrifying consequences.
The two most famous adulteresses in fiction, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, came to sticky ends: one poisoned herself, the other threw herself under a train.
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